Archive | April 2016

Perry King

April 30th Celebrates Perry King

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 30th 1948 Perry King the actor was born.

Graduating from Yale University with a degree in theatre, and then attended The Juilliard School, where he studied acting with John Houseman.
The first time I saw the actor Perry King play in something was in the movie called, “The Lord’s of Flatbush.”

This cult classic was depicted in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1958. A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

The movie came out in 1974, starring Perry King, Henry Winkler (The Fonz from Happy Days), and Sylvester Stallone.

After doing a sling of televisions shows this was Henry Wrinklers first starting role in a movie.

King made his feature film debut in 1970 starring as Shirley MacLaine’s brother in “The Possession of Joel Delaney.”

Next he played a street gang leader in “The Lords of Flatbush”. He then co-starred in Andy Warhol’s “Bad.” Other film credits include “Mandingo”, “Lipstick” (with Margaux and Mariel Hemingway) and “Class of 1984.” In 1991, he co-starred in Blake Edward’s feature comedy “Switch”.

King divides his time between his ranch outside Sacramento and his home in Los Angeles where he spends time with his two daughters. While not working, King enjoys restoring old cars and motorcycles his personal fleet includes a 1936 BMW motorcycle with sidecar and raising money and awareness for Olive Crest Homes for Abused Children.

As we remember Perry King’s birthday today we wish happiness and success in all her endeavors.

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The Boston Bees

April 29th Celebrates The Boston Bees

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 29th 1947 The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.

Why would a base ball team Boston Braves call themselves the Boston Bees?

In actuality, the name came from new owner, James Gaffney, who purchased the team in 1912.

Gaffney was a member of the Tammany Society, the mostly Irish wing of the Democratic Party political machine in New York City.

The Society was named after a Native American leader of the Lenape tripe, a fellow named Tamanend.

The Tammany Society had a picture of a Native American brave as their logo and had a white marble statue of Tamanend on the façade of the building that was their headquarters, Tammany Hall.

Boston team president John Montgomery Ward suggested the idea of naming the team after the Tammany logo and everyone agreed.

Gaffney sold the team three years later, but the name stuck.

The only time the Braves changed their name was a brief period in the mid 1930s when they had a fan poll that led to them being called the Boston Bees from 1936-1941.

From 1941 on, though, they have been the Braves, even after they moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and Atlanta in 1966.

The Boston Bees were a short-lived incarnation of the Boston Braves, which lasted from 1936 to 1940.

The National League Atlanta Braves franchise started in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings of the National Association, became the Boston Red Caps with the formation of the National League in 1876.

They were know by a variety of unofficial names in their first few decades, including the Boston Beaneaters starting in 1883, then the Boston Doves in 1907, and the Boston Rustlers in 1911, those last two names being derived from the last name of their owner at the time.

The team took a break from the Boston Braves nickname from 1936 to 1940, playing as the Boston Bees before returning to the Braves name in 1941. The Braves had been losing fans and games in profusion during the 1920s and the first half of the 1930s and, seeking to reverse the trend, prior to the start of the 1936 season, team President Bob Quinn asked fans to select the new team nickname. The name chosen was the Bees, but it did not catch on, especially as the team’s on-field fortunes were no better than under its more traditional name.

As we celebrate today how on April 29th 1947, The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Boston Braves.

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The Air Conditioner

April 28th Celebrates The Air Conditioner

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 28th 1947 W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.

Who was W. H. Carrier?

Willis Haviland Carrier was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning.

How did he come with the idea for air conditioner?

The problem began with paper at printing press.

In the spring of 1902, consulting engineer Walter Timmis visited the Manhattan office of J. Irvine Lyle, the head of Buffalo Forge’s sales activities in New York.

Timmis’ client, Sackett & Wilhelms, found that humidity at its Brooklyn plant wreaked havoc with the color register of its fine, multicolor printing. Ink, applied one color at a time, would misalign with the expansion and contraction of the paper stock.

This caused poor quality, scrap waste and lost production days, Timmis said. Judge magazine happened to be one of the important clients whose production schedule was at risk.

Timmis had some ideas about how to approach the problem but would need help.

One of Lyle’s great skills was his ability to assess new business opportunities, and he grasped this one immediately.

He knew that engineers had long been able to heat, cool and humidify air. Sometimes, as a result of cooling, they had also been able to reduce humidity, but precise control of humidity in a manufacturing environment that was something entirely new.

Lyle also had an innate ability for sizing up people. In this case, he believed he knew the engineer who could tackle this problem, a recent Cornell University graduate who had already impressed many people at Buffalo Forge.

So, Lyle accepted Timmis’ challenge and sent the problem to Willis Carrier, the first step in a long and prosperous collaboration.

And the rest is just history; however The Great Depression slowed residential and commercial use of air conditioning. Willis Carrier’s igloo in the 1939 New York World’s Fair gave visitors a glimpse into the future of air conditioning, but before it became popular, World War II began.

During the post-war economic boom of the 1950s, air conditioning began its tremendous growth in popularity. As we celebrate how on April 28th 1947 W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.

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Babe Ruth Day

April 27th Celebrates Babe Ruth Day

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 27th 1947, Babe Ruth Day was celebrated at Yankee’s Stadium.

The Yankees hosted Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. The event was held to honor the ailing baseball star, which was nearing the end of his life because of throat cancer.

Ruth, the legendary “Sultan of Swat,” died a year later at age 53.

George Herman Ruth spent most of his childhood at a Roman Catholic reformatory in Baltimore and rarely saw his parents.

A reportedly ill-behaved and free-spirited student, Ruth found an escape in baseball, a sport taught by a Catholic brother at the school.

In 1914, at age 19, Ruth joined the minor league Baltimore Orioles, where teammates gave him the nickname Babe.

Later that season, he was acquired by the major league Boston Red Sox.

However, the Red Sox sold Ruth to the Yankees for a large sum. It is often said that the team owner Harry Frazee made the deal to finance the production of his Broadway play, though Ruth’s demands for more money and reckless off-field behavior were his true motivation.

Ruth’s popularity allowed the Yankees to move to their own ballpark in the Bronx, which became known as the House That Ruth Built.

Ruth had his greatest season in 1927, hitting 60 home runs, a record that would stand until 1961.

What about the candy bar named Baby Ruth, was that named after the baseball player Babe Ruth?

Although the name of the candy bar sounds like the name of the famous baseball player Babe Ruth, the Curtiss Candy Company traditionally claimed that it was named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth Cleveland.

The candy maker, located on the same street as Wrigley Field, named the bar “Baby Ruth” in 1921, as Babe Ruth’s fame was on the rise, 24 years after Cleveland had left the White House, and 17 years after his daughter, Ruth, had died.

After playing 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ended his career on June 2, 1935.

As we celebrate how on April 27th 1947, Babe Ruth Day was celebrated at Yankee’s Stadium.

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Studio 54

April 26th Celebrates Studio 54

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 26th 1977 Studio 54 opened in New York.

If you’re not from New York Studio 54 was a night club.

On this day in 1977, however, the crowd gathered outside that Midtown address was waiting and hoping for a chance to enter what would soon become the global epicenter of the disco craze and the most famous nightclub in the world: Studio 54, which opened its doors for the very first time on April 26, 1977.

The woman who deserves the lion’s share of the credit for making 54 into the celebrity playground that it became was Carmen D’Alessio, a public-relations entrepreneur in the fashion industry, who’s Rolodex, included names like Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote.

Her buzz-building turned the grand opening into a major item in the New York gossip columns, and her later efforts like having Bianca Jagger ride a white horse into the club for her 30th birthday party stoked the public’s fascination with Studio 54 even further.

The impresarios behind Studio 54 were Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, college roommates at Syracuse University who got into the nightclub business after their first venture, a chain of steak restaurants, failed to flourish.

While disco reigned supreme on the pop charts, Studio 54 reigned supreme among discotheques, enjoying a golden era that lasted from its opening on this day in 1977 to its closing-night party on February 4, 1980 a party called, appropriately enough, “The End of Modern-day Gomorrah.”

Studio 54 closed with a final party on February 4, 1980, when Diana Ross personally serenaded Rubell and Schrager.

Mariel Hemingway, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Richard Gere, Gia Carangi, Jack Nicholson, Reggie Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone were among the guests that night.

Schrager and Rubell pleaded guilty to tax evasion and spent 13 months in prison. It was the first time anyone had ever been prosecuted for a tax evasion for one-year.

As we celebrate today how on April 26th 1977, Studio 54 opened its doors for the first time in New York City.

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The Thimble

April 25th Celebrates The Thimble

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 25th 1684, a patent was granted for the thimble.

If the patent for the thimble can out in 1684, when was the first thimble discovered?

Actually, no well-documented archeological data link metal thimbles to any Roman site. According to the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database, thimbles dating to the 10th century have been found in England, and thimbles were in widespread use there by the 14th century.

Although there are isolated examples of thimbles made of precious metals Queen Elizabeth the first was said to have given one of her ladies-in-waiting a thimble set with precious stones.

However the vast majority of metal thimbles were made of out brass.

Thimbles are usually made from metal, leather, rubber, and wood and even glass or china. Early thimbles were sometimes made from whale bone, horn, or ivory.

During the First World War, silver thimbles were collected from “those who had nothing to give” by the British government and melted down to buy hospital equipment.

During the 1800s, a thimble was used as a spirit measure or alcohol shot glass, helping coin the phrase, “Only a thimbleful.”

During World War I, thimbles became a type of currency. After World War I, thimbles became a popular advertising medium for companies in all areas of manufacturing and services.

Another known thimble in the thimble family are called, Thimblettes (also known as rubber finger, rubber thimbles and finger cones) are soft thimbles, made predominately of rubber, used primarily for leafing through or counting documents, bank notes, tickets, or forms. They also protect against paper cuts as a secondary function.

Unlike thimbles, the softer Thimblettes become worn over time. They are considered disposable and sold in boxes.

The oldest thimble that has been discovered is from the first century and was found in Pompeii.

The word “THIMBLE” is thought to come from the old English word thymel, meaning thumbstall.

Those of us who collect thimbles are called digitabulilsts. No, I am not making this up, it’s really called that.
Are there famous thimbles?

I’m sure if you noticed in the game called, Monopoly one of the game pieces is a thimble which makes are little tin toy famous. The Thimble from Monopoly, an original piece since 1935 and recently saved from being replaced.

I’m sew happy, as we celebrate how on April 25th 1684, a patent was granted for the thimble.

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Shirely Mc Laine

April 24th Celebrates Shirely Mc Laine

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 24th 1934 the actress Shirely Mc Laine was born today.

Her real name is, Shirley MacLean Beaty, named after Shirley Temple (who was 6 years old at the time), Shirley MacLean Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia.

MacLaine’s younger brother is the actor, writer and director Warren Beatty; he changed the spelling of his surname when he became an actor.
As a toddler she always had weak ankles, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class at the age of three.

This was the beginning of her interest in performing. Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class.

In classical romantic pieces like Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty, she always played the boys’ roles due to being the tallest in the group and the absence of males in the class.

Eventually she had a substantial female role as the fairy godmother in Cinderella; while warming up backstage, she broke her ankle, but then tightened the ribbons on her toe shoes and proceeded to dance the role all the way through before calling for an ambulance.

A true performer, MacLaine’s big break came in the mid-1950s with the Broadway musical The Pajama Game.

She was a member of the show’s chorus as well as an understudy for one of its lead characters.

After producer Hal Wallis saw her perform, MacLaine landed a contract with Paramount Pictures. She made her film debut in 1955’s The Trouble with Harry directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Tiffany Carrington), gives you a glimpse of Shirely MacLaine on the Oprah Winfrey show. As we celebrate Shirely MacLaine’s birthday today on April 24th.

Now in her seventies, MacLaine continues to seek out new roles and challenges. She played the legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in the 2008 television movie Coco Chanel. In 2011, MacLaine co-starred with Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey in the light-hearted crime drama Bernie.

As we remember Shirely MacLaine today on her birthday we remember how her movies felt and what joy she brought to our lives when we saw him. Happy Birthday Shirely wherever you are!

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